Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Gov’t Shutdown

Vote capped off difficult night for Senate

   

investorpoliticsletters2 Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Gov't ShutdownThe Senate burned the midnight oil on Saturday night, finally passing the six-month spending bill the House previously passed on Sept. 13. The bill will place funding at $1.047 trillion over that time.

The measure, which will carry government spending past a potential Sept. 30 shut-down date, through the election in November and into next spring, won by a 62-30 vote. But there were quite a few hiccups in the process of getting the bill through.

Votes on other bills scheduled for Saturday evening ended up delayed over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s insistence on a procedural vote for a bill that would help embattled Montana Sen. Jon Tester. Reid got his way, but it ended up pushing other votes back past midnight.

There was also tension over a vote on a proposal by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to suspend aid to Egypt, Libya, and Pakistan in response to recent attacks on embassies and the imprisonment of a Pakistani doctor who helped locate Osama bin Laden. This put Paul at odds with both Democrats and the more mainstream wing of the Republican party. The proposal was defeated 81-10.

Eventually, though, the Senate managed to pass the spending bill and avoid a government shutdown, though not without a few bruised egos. The bill has been sent on to President Barack Obama’s desk for signing.

– Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPolitics Editor

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